Nothing can prove more impressive than a versatile individual eager to accomplish the awards of success.
I am a performer, audio recording engineer, and music producer who is comfortable with multiple styles including rock, blues, alternative, singer-songwriter, pop, R&B, country, funk, jazz, hip-hop and reggae. My specializations rely in mixing music and producing for artists/bands. My high school years were spent learning to play guitar and preparing for my education at Berklee College of Music. Currently, I am studying to achieve a dual major in Music Production & Engineering (MP&E) and Music Business with a concentration in entrepreneurship, and I expect to graduate by the end of spring 2018.
I developed my love for performing and music through playing with bands in my hometown, Phoenix, Arizona. My time spent cutting my teeth on the Phoenix music scene taught me how to work with people and communicate my intentions to a group of individuals. Professionalism is my number one priority when it comes to working with others; this includes perseverance, work ethic, promptness, organization, and a positive attitude.
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Interview with Zach Cox
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mix, produce, record, and play guitar. I am a musician at heart and will always be one. I consider myself very versatile and able to work on many different projects. I have been mixing and producing for 4 years now. I have been playing guitar for almost 8 years and still strive to be the best musician I can be. The client always comes first, I will not stop until you are satisfied. There are certain terms and agreements we must commit to but at the end of the day my number 1 goal is to make sure you are happy.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Currently, I am listening to a lot of hip-hop, indie, and some electronic music. I can mix a multitude of different genres and can certainly play a lot of different genres on the guitar. Some of my favorite artists at this point and time (which will certainly change almost weekly) are Chance the Rapper, Bon Iver, Kendrick Lamar, Young the Giant, Hozier, Lido, D'Angelo, Arctic Monkeys, Misterwives, and Amine, and many others.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work with HS8's, a macbook pro, and an apollo twin. I use the apollo twin relentlessly to get the sound I want. My sound comes from my plug ins and my ears. I have a treated room and am able to mix consistently.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually receive the files and some type of payment from the client that gives me incentive to deliver the work. I then finish the project, accept edits from the client, make the edits, and receive my compensation. The process is very easy. I like to have references, notes, or any other advice for how you want something to sound before I get to work. I like to have space to freely work when I am doing a job and am willing to accept edits and advice after I submit something to you.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my expressive emotion. I put everything I have into a song. Your song is extremely important to me especially if I am working on it. I put 110% into everything I work on and will not quit until the client is satisfied. I put my passion and heart into everything I work on and strive to be the best I can be so that I can make your song sound the best that it can be.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest suits are mixing, producing, and playing guitar. I am a very good tracking engineer as well that has access to studios, musicians, and multiple mics. I am very versatile and willing to listen to any type of direction the client has to offer. I bring everything I have to the table.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip-hop, pop, R&B, indie, soul, country, rock, americana, jazz, and everything in between. I work on all different types of projects and genres and am willing to put my best work into any genre or song.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Your ears are the most valuable asset you have. Take care of them, use them, and trust your instincts. Your initial instincts are usually best and most raw ideas. You can refine your ideas later but there is nothing better than raw inspiration in the moment.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any big indie or hip hop artist. I really have a lot of influences and think that I can bring a lot to the table with any of the artists I work with.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is very raw and organic. I like to work hard on a project, take a day break to listen back, and then go back and make edits.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path strictly has to do with music relating to mixing, producing, tracking, and playing guitar.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, speakers, interface, guitar, and two mics.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just know that I am willing to work my hardest on a project and that I will not stop until you are satisfied.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: This depends on the project and the client. Everyone I work with is different. It's a different experience everytime so it truly depends on who I am working with and what the details are.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I work on music everyday haha. There is nothing better than this. I get to wake up and do what I love.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to work hard and deliver a product you are satisfied with 100% of the time.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, I need to stay current and keep up with the times. I can certainly work analog but I feel the new sound is very digital.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mainly producing projects with pop singers and indie artists. I get musicians into a studio and work on projects. I work in the box as well as far as sequencing goes but I feel that I am an arranging type of producer that works well with other musicians.